Now, more than 30 years later and having spent a lot of time getting to know people in regional Victoria – especially around Shepparton and Bendigo – she has decided to dismount and donate $80,000 of her retirement savings to help educational outcomes for Indigenous children.
After talking to many Aboriginal Elders, she said it became clear that the best place to focus additional support was in primary schools.
So she endowed four special scholarships to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students intent in becoming primary school teachers study in La Trobe University's Master of Teaching program from the start of next year.
The scholarships are worth $20,000 over the two-year course.
Indigenous educators as role models
'The reason for this is that Indigenous educators are among the best of role models for Indigenous children,' Dr Beeton said.
Dr Beeton is author of four books that deal with adventure, development, film-induced and eco tourism. She is also Editor-In-Chief of Tourism Review International and a former Board Member of the Victorian Tourism Operators Association.
To apply for the scholarships and further information please visit http://www.latrobe.edu.au/scholarships/Sue-Beeton-Indigenous-Scholarship-in-Teaching – or contact E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 03 9479 3295
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Photo: Dr Beeton with The Man from Snowy River actor, Tom Burlinson.